Log Books

H. Lee Waters recorded financial and business information in two log books during the filming and showing of his series, Movies of Local People. The books were copied by Tom Whiteside and H. Lee Waters in 1985, and those copies are presented here. Duke does not hold the originals. The books provide a behind-the-scenes look at the mechanics of Waters’ business. What movie-goers were charged, Waters’ percentage of the gate, his revenue for advertising, and sometimes the amount and type of footage shown, accompany the dates and locations of the showings. The index below is intended to aid navigation to pages within the log books. Note that although a town may be listed in a log book, this does not mean that Duke holds the film. Where Duke does hold the film, the town name will be linked to the page containing all the films for that town.

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